SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has given us a glimpse inside the SpaceX Starship prototype.
Among his great engineering feats, including a Tesla pickup truck, and a flamethrower, the Starship is his most ambitious project to date. It’s SpaceX’s grand project that’s part of Musk’s plans to send humans and cargo to the moon, Mars and beyond. SpaceX claims it will be “the most powerful rocket in history”. The concept images show the spacecraft will be covered in smooth stainless steel and looks like it came straight out of a retro sci-fi movie. Musk took to Twitter to preview a sneak peek inside the prototype in Boca Chica Village, Texas.
Inside Starship cargo bay. Header tanks mounted in tip of nosecone to offset engine weight at rear. pic.twitter.com/EJSwqMCooA
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 1, 2019
The ship stands at 164 feet tall and weighs 200 tonnes. It’s mostly constructed out of stainless steel, which makes it cheaper and gives it top notch thermal properties. The spaceship will also have a function for ‘orbital refilling’, which allows for fuel to be transferred from spacecraft to spacecraft in Earth’s orbit.
SpaceX says the Starship will carry out test flights in a month or two, flying 12 miles into the air before safely landing intact. According to Musk, the Starship will be supported by a Super Heavy booster stage that’ll push it’s height to 387 feet, and it’ll be able to carry 220 000 pounds. If things all go according to plan, the Tesla chief said: “I think we could potentially see people fly next year if we get to orbit in about six months”.
Starship will be the most powerful rocket in history, capable of carrying humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond pic.twitter.com/LloN8AQdei
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 29, 2019
Featured image via Twitter @SpaceX.